Menasha cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexMenashaWisconsinNational
Cost of living index8797100
IndexMenashaWisconsinNational
Goods & Services index9398100
Groceries index9199100
Health care index104112100
Housing index6891100
Transportation index103103100
Utilities index103100100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Menasha, WI is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Menasha, WI enjoy a cost of living index of 87. This index is 10% lower than the Wisconsin average, and 13% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Menasha, WI, the average cost of goods and services is 5% lower than it is in Wisconsin, and it is 7% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Menasha is 10% lower than the Wisconsin average.
  • The cost of living in Menasha is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Menasha is 32% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average.
  • Wisconsin state income tax is 98% higher than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$60,664$5,055$1,415$1,820
Renters$27,228$2,269$635$817
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Menasha, WI as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Menasha, WI homeowners, is $60,664. This would allow for a maximum of $1,415 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $27,228 which would result in a maximum of $635 to be spent on rental costs.

Wisconsin Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Wisconsin5%5.6%

Wisconsin Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Wisconsin4.4%7.65%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Menasha, WI, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Wisconsin, as well as the rate for income tax in Wisconsin. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Wisconsin is 5.6%, and the sales tax in the state of Wisconsin is 5%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Wisconsin starts from 4.4% and goes up to 7.65%.

Goods & Services

ItemMenashaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $9.88$15.5636.5%
Beauty Salon $23.75$36.1134.2%
Toothpaste $1.51$2.4739.0%
Shampoo $0.90$0.966.9%
Movie $10.06$10.130.6%
Bowling $2.60$4.7445.1%

Groceries

ItemMenashaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.85$3.983.3%
Fried Chicken $1.42$1.410.6%
Milk $1.66$2.0619.5%
Potatoes $1.78$2.9840.5%
Pizza $8.97$9.475.4%
Beer $7.44$8.7915.4%

Health Care

ItemMenashaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $60.59$101.0440.0%
Doctor $138.70$107.4429.1%
Dentist $86.47$90.424.4%
Ibuprofen $9.33$9.280.6%
Lipitor $438.22$426.502.7%

Housing

ItemMenashaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $116,300.00$175,700.0033.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $877.86$1,133.2322.5%
Apartment Rent $666.00$920.0027.6%

Transportation

ItemMenashaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.96$1.991.6%
Tire Balancing $51.31$45.7612.1%

Utilities

ItemMenashaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$145.56$163.8111.1%
Phone $34.63$28.3922.0%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Hilbert, WI1,04885-15%
Oshkosh, WI66,43093-7%
Forest Junction, WI63587-13%
Chilton, WI3,95394-6%
Winneconne, WI2,50695-5%
Menasha, WI17,53587-13%

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Menasha, WI17,53587-13%
Source: The Menasha, WI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.